Life After War

with Jim Lommasson
Thursday, May 4 at 7pm

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America in Vietnam

with David Schmitz
April 27 at 7pm

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The Big Read 2017: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien


The Vietnam War still has the power to divide Americans between those for it and those against. Today it also divides us, just as surely, between those who remember its era firsthand and those not yet born when the troops came home. There may be no better bridge across these twin divides than Tim O’Brien’s novel in stories The Things They Carried. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out.

Join readers throughout Wallowa County as we read this important book together. This year’s events include films, panel discussions, book groups, writing classes, … and even a 60’s dance party!  Click here to download your own copy of the full schedule of events. You can get a copy of The Things They Carried are available at any Wallowa County Library. You can also a purchase your own book at The Book Loft.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

About The Big Read


The Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Every winter, Fishtrap celebrates one great work of literature by providing events, discussions, and books to Wallowa County schools, libraries, and community members. The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported locally by neighborhood businesses and individual donations.